Last week, the White House let it be known that Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma would be once again pay­ing a vis­it to the Real Wash­ing­ton a few days into May. Details of the planned trip were not released at the time, but all of the Pres­i­den­t’s recent trips here have been almost exclu­sive­ly for fundrais­ing, so it seemed plau­si­ble (and still does) that that would be the pur­pose of this trip as well.

Today, Obama/Biden 2012 cam­paign final­ized the main fundrais­ing event — a lun­cheon plus a con­cert at the Para­mount in down­town Seat­tle — and began send­ing out invi­ta­tions to past donors and local supporters.

The event will fea­ture the Dave Matthews Band, and will begin at noon on Thurs­day, May 10th. Tick­ets to the event start at $100 for gen­er­al admission.

Lunch costs ten times that amount ($1,000), and access to the pho­to recep­tion before­hand costs fifty times that amount ($5,000).

Young Oba­ma sup­port­ers with mon­ey to spare, how­ev­er, can buy lunch for $500 or pre­mi­um the­ater seat­ing for $250 (these are known as “Generation44” rates).

A sep­a­rate event for even wealth­i­er donors is also undoubt­ed­ly being planned.

Past such events have been held in Madrona and Med­i­na at the homes of Rob Glaser (founder of Real­Net­works), Jon Shirley (for­mer pres­i­dent of Microsoft) and Jeff Brot­man (cofounder of Cost­co Wholesale).

No offi­cial events, whether open to the pub­lic or not, have been announced.

If his­to­ry is any indi­ca­tion, the Pres­i­den­t’s stop here will be brief, and won’t involve an overnight stay. As in the past, he will like­ly arrive and depart from Boe­ing Field, as he has on all of his oth­er vis­its (except the most recent one back in Feb­ru­ary, when he flew in and out of Paine Field in Everett).

Oba­ma has made four pre­vi­ous vis­its to Wash­ing­ton as pres­i­dent: two in 2010, one last year, and one just a cou­ple of months ago. He also vis­it­ed Wash­ing­ton in 2008 when he was a can­di­date for president.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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